Handy links

Here are three web links we’ve added to our Bookmarks list recently - all essential for the serious bird person, we reckon.

www.worldbirdnames.org/ Website of the International Ornithological Congress. Sounds heavy, but lets you download a checklist of all the world’s bird species, with recommended scientific and English names, which keeps up with the latest changes in taxonomy. Could save you a lot of money on a big fat book!

www.jncc.gov.uk/page-4341 Tells you what all those Schedules of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 mean. Up to date, too.

www.iucnredlist.org/ Tells you the official threat category (Endangered, Vulnerable, etc) for any species you choose - not just birds.